HC Deb 06 April 1998 vol 310 c91W
Mr. John D. Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who is the United Kingdom representative on the United Nations Human Rights Committee; what representations he has made in response to the recent report by the committee about the Royal Ulster Constabulary; and if he will make a statement. [37983]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

The United Kingdom independent expert on the UN Human Rights Committee is Lord Colville. The recent report covering the Royal Ulster Constabulary was by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, to the UNCommission on Human Rights. We have submitted its formal response on the Report to the Commission explaining our concerns over its comments on the harassment of defence lawyers, which we are examining closely. A copy of our response will be placed in the Library.